At Goodie Nation, we believe the power of communities and the relationships that live within them have the ability to create a better and more sustainable future for us all.
We can all agree it has been a tough 18 months. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact all over the world. In addition to the loss of life, 71 million people were pushed into extreme poverty, and school closures reversed years of progress as at least 500 million of students didn’t have access to remote learning. In the United States of America, communities of color were devastated by job loss among many other factors.
But there’s hope. Entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to solve these problems because they are used to leveraging relationships rooted in trust. Social entrepreneurs focusing on health, education, financial inclusion, sustainability, and have the opportunity to usher in the next wave of products that will improve outcomes and lives for billions of people around the world. Diverse founders (Black, Latinx, women, etc.) have the opportunity to create companies that will employ millions of people.
However when it comes to supporting founders, the overwhelming majority of discussions center around the lack of financial capital available to them. We’ve observed that the lack of financial capital is actually a subset of the lack of strong, trusted communities, or should we say, networks – specifically those influenced by employees of top companies and graduates from top colleges. We’ve built our program on this premise because we understand that no entrepreneur can succeed without a strong network of support.
That’s why we are proud that our Intentionally Good program just completed its second year.
Intentionally Good is a relationship and growth program that rallies support from tech, business, and social impact communities across the country to help high-potential tech social entrepreneurs and diverse founders. Launched in the summer of 2019 with a $100,000 Tech Done Right grant from Kapor Center, Intentionally Good creates an ecosystem through professional development, warm introductions, and mental health sessions to increase their competitiveness for customers and capital.
But this letter is about what happened in Q2 and what we’re doing in Q3.